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Marshall Home Fund 2020 Fall Forum: High Tech and Low Tech Online Outreach to Isolated Older Adults
When: December 8, 2:00-3:00
Where: Via Zoom
Attend this online forum to learn how Watertown organizations are delivering online programs and services to isolated older adults during the time of COVID. Representatives from 3 agencies will describe how they are providing social engagement, mental stimulation, and individualized assistance to older adults with and without internet access.
Tele-Fun: Erin Fragola, Perkins Library Outreach Coordinator, will describe a low-tech, fun program in which Perkins patrons use their phone to connect with other Perkins Library patrons from across the state. Participants engage in a host of activities: games, audio-described films, radio dramas and more, scheduled for almost every day.
Online Enrichment Programs: Anne-Marie Gagnon, Director of the Watertown Senior Center, will talk about the various zoom programs that are available to older adults, including exercise, book clubs and lectures.
Friendly Visitor Program: Karen Chisholm, Manager of Springwell’s Friendly Visitor Program, will describe their phone outreach to vulnerable individuals
Resources to Help You Help Isolated Older Adults
How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging: This report, funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation, describes how communities in Massachusetts have come together to assess emerging needs, provide credible information, expand access to services, and provide opportunities for older adults and caregivers to connect with each other and with their neighbors.
Hi Tech and Low Tech Ways to Engage Socially Isolated Older Adults: A section of the website, "Strategies for Engaging Older Adults in This Era of 'Social Distancing'" created by the Penn State Intergenerational Program Includes links to webpages with a recording of a Penn State Extension webinar on this topic (April 15, 2020) and relevant video clips, articles, organizations, and other resources.
Next MHF Board Meeting
January, 2021, 4:00-5:30. Location: TBA